A compromise has been found to meet the needs of nuns in a St. John's convent, while maintaining the integrity of the heritage site.

City council said Monday that new windows chosen by the Presentation Sisters will be installed. All windows are being replaced at the convent, but the models that follow the city's heritage regulations are too difficult for the aging sisters to open and close.

"All of them would be over 70, a lot of them over 80 years of age, so for them it's a physical impossibility for them to raise these windows," says Sister Sharon Fagan.

Sister Sharon Fagan at Presentations Sisters Convent in St. John's

Sister Sharon Fagan at Presentation Sisters Convent in St. John's demonstrates how the windows were difficult for some sisters to open. (CBC)

She thinks at first not everyone understood why the nuns were asking for different windows, and clarifying this issue was important.

Coun. Sandy Hickman, co-chair of the heritage advisory committee, announced how council would now proceed with the 161-year-old Mother House, a heritage structure that is near the Basilica of St. John the Baptist. 

"They are going to install one window on a test basis, see how that goes and if they're satisfied they will continue," said Hickman.

"We found a solution I think for the sisters that will help them immensely and preserve the look of the windows."